As expected, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James will opt out of his contract for next season, according to Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group. James will then take a “wait-and-see” approach as free agency begins, with the intention to re-sign once the Cavaliers take care of the rest of their business this summer.
LeBron reportedly doesn’t have much interest in doing any recruiting of Cleveland’s current free agents, but the four-time MVP has been “engaged” with management about roster decisions.
Those free agents include Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Matthew Dellavedova. Bringing back Love, Thompson and Shumpert are the priorities, although Smith could be retained “if it’s the right situation,” according to Cavaliers general manager David Griffin. Cleveland also is trying to use Brendan Haywood‘s $10.5 million non-guaranteed deal to upgrade the roster.
Of course, no matter what happens, LeBron isn’t going anywhere. He wouldn’t go back to Cleveland, take them to an NBA Finals and then leave after one season. He’ll likely sign another two-year deal with a player option like he did last summer, and then become a free agent again next summer when the cap explodes.